In case you hadn't heard, Disney is planning a new Star Wars movie based on the adventures of a young Han Solo. Though the creative team in place seems sound, there's one key ingredient missing: The poor guy who has to try to fill the shoes of one of the most iconic roles in pop culture history.
Here are a few actors we dug up that we think might work:
1. Harrison Ford in 1971
You know who's great at playing Han Solo? Young Harrison Ford. Young Harrison Ford was so good at being Han Solo, he got the part by being the guy other people auditioned with. He was so perfect and natural in the role of the laid-back space cowboy that the people trying out for the role didn't have a chance against the one dude in the room who wasn't trying at all.
2. Harrison Ford in 1974
Before Star Wars, Ford was working as a carpenter for George Lucas - which is what prompted George to have the guy read lines with auditioning actors (which included actors like Christopher Walken, Nick Nolte, and Kurt Russell). In fact, Lucas had thrown out the idea initially of Ford playing Han Solo, as he wanted fresh faces to make up the cast and had already worked with Ford once in American Graffiti. But eventually it was apparent that Ford was the only choice for the galaxy's scruffiest nerfherder.
3. Harrison Ford in 1970
Praise for Ford in the role was immediate. Wrote A.D. Murphy
of Variety: "Harrison Ford... is outstanding as a likeable mercenary pilot who joins our friends with his pal Peter Mayhew, a quasi-monkey creature with blue eyes whom Fisher calls "a walking rug.""
4. Harrison Ford in 1966
Could anyone else have been as perfect as Han Solo as Ford was? Anything's possible, but the role almost single-handedly launched Ford into Hollywood stardom, even leading him to another iconic role for George Lucas in Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark.
5. Harrison Ford in 1973
The point is: Harrison Ford IS Han Solo. You can't recast this motherfucker.
6. Harrison Ford in 1967
There is only one person who can play Han Solo and the dude already did it 3 times (4, if you include this year's The Force Awakens).
7. Harrison Ford in 1960
Recast this smooth-ass, chin-scarred, constantly weary badass, Hollywood. Go ahead, try it.
8. Harrison Ford in 1979
Look at him. He's impregnating you with nothing but his eyes in a picture that's nearly 40 YEARS OLD.
9. Harrison Ford in 1973 again
He improvised the "I know." reply. Know how he did that? By BEING Han Solo in real life.
HARRISON. MOTHERFUCKING. FORD.
10. Fat Chris Pratt
...then again, maybe Chris Pratt. If he gains like 40 pounds.